HAMPTON, N.Y. – The Washington County Sheriffs Office is following up on a number of leads in the case of a missing mobile home that was stolen in late September.
"They will get caught," said owner of the trailer, Mike Bilodeau.
He says he still doesn't know who took the home valued at close to $60,000, but he isn't giving up the fight.
"This particular house is the Cadillac of mobile homes," he said.
Fully furnished and never lived in, Bilodeau purchased it at auction and planned to sell it. It was stolen after seven weeks of sitting in a lot next to the Big Apple Diner in Hampton and investigators say there were some witnesses.
"One said he hooked it on in about ten minutes and headed toward Vermont," said Bilodeau.
"Somebody obviously planned it out and knew what they were doing and did their best to make it happen," said Investigator Bruce Hamilton with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Bilodeau says he had parked the 70-foot long single wide trailer that he planned to sell in Vermont at the diner, but ran into a snag when he had to undergo emergency surgery and was forced to leave the mobile home there for seven weeks.
He even had a friend offer to take up his private plane and search a 20 mile area around where it was last spotted, but unfortunately no luck.
Investigators are theorizing the thief took it for his or her own purposes.
"With all the mountains we have here and hunting season, maybe they were looking for a new hunting cabin and now they have one," said Hamilton.
The mobile home is described as a 2009 Pine Groves series GH016-496. It is 16 feet wide, 70 feet long and the color is tan. It has two bedrooms and bathrooms, central air conditioning, and some furniture.
Bilodeau has now increased the reward to $5,000 for the return of the trailer. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Senior Investigator Bruce Hamilton at 518-746-2482.